Posted: Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:54 AM

Tunisia weightlifter competes in full-body uniform

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LONDON (AP) - Ghada Hassine of Tunisia became the first Olympic weightlifter to compete in a newly approved unitard covering most of her body.

Rules requiring lifters to wear a uniform that doesn't cover the arms and lower legs were changed last year. The U.S. had petitioned for a change on behalf of a Muslim lifter.

Hassine, 19, wore the unitard Wednesday under the traditional weightlifting outfit and a hijab covering her hair as she participated in group B of lower-ranked lifters in the women's 69-kilogram category.

She cleared 102 kilograms in the snatch and 120 in the clean and jerk for a 220 kg total, putting her in second place before the top medal contenders had competed in group A.

 
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